Arthritis & Bone Disorder
Gout is known as a form of inflammatory arthritis that can develop in people with high levels of uric acid in their blood. These high levels of uric acid can create needle-like crystals that cause sudden, severe pain and swelling in the body’s joints.
Some people are born with genes that put them at a higher risk of developing gout. For example, those whose parents have gout are 20% more likely to end up with the disease.
Alcohol and diet also play key factors in gout development. An increased intake of alcohol and a diet rich in red meats both put you at a higher risk.
Characterized by a rapid onset of pain in the affected joint, gout attacks often result in warmth, swelling, reddish discoloration and marked tenderness of the joint.
The most common site for an attack is the small joint at the base of the big toe, although other joints often affected include ankles, knees, wrists, fingers and elbows.
Usually, these attacks go away within a couple of days, although they've been known to last for weeks in some cases. Often, people with gout will continue suffering from periodic bouts for many years.